Dr. Bamidele Olatunbosun hired as Assistant Medical Director and primary care provider
Dr. Bamidele Olatunbosun has practiced medicine in inner cities and rural communities, always with the same commitment to provide accessible, quality health care to patients.
Dr. Olatunbosun joined Western Sierra Medical Clinic as a primary care provider and Assistant Medical Director in May 2020. He works primarily in the Grass Valley and Auburn-Professional Drive health centers.
“I got into health care to help people,” said Dr. Olatunbosun, who earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina.
Whether it’s Alaska or New York City, the “general principles of health care are comparable,” he said. “The basic principles are to help people gain access to health care and navigate through health literacy issues.”
Dr. Olatunbosun knows those challenges all too well from his years of experience in a variety of healthcare facilities
He was most recently a physician with Foundation Health Partners, a for-profit health provider in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Nevada County’s milder winters and rural setting along with the chance to return to serving people through a Federally Qualified Health Center is what attracted Dr. Olatunbosun to Western Sierra Medical Clinic.
“A community health center is what I’m comfortable with and trained in,” said Dr. Olatunbosun, who speaks English and Spanish. “I feel a better sense of purpose working in a community health clinic like Western Sierra Medical Clinic.”
Before Alaska, Dr. Olatunbosun was Associate Medical Director for Lifelong Medical Care in Richmond, an FQHC in the Bay Area. And he completed his family medicine residency at the Institute for Family Health, the largest FQHC in New York City that serves more than 100,000 patients per year.
Dr. Olatunbosun said that at Western Sierra he not only be cares for patients as a family practitioner, he also helps to manage health care operations as Assistant Medical Director.
“I’ve always been interested in health care management and the business side of health care,” said Dr. Olatunbosun, who earned an MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of North Carolina. “I want to have some say and help with the decisions being made. Providing input gives me a lot of satisfaction, and administration gives me that opportunity.”
In addition to administration, Olatunbosun would like to develop a men’s health care specialty at Western Sierra. Many men, especially middle-age men, face numerous health issues, from chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease to low testosterone levels.
“Hopefully, I can have an impact on patients in a significant way,” said Dr. Olatunbosun, whose Nigerian-born parents moved to the U.S. and made their home in New York City, where Dr. Olatunbosun grew up. “I always want to be able to contribute. I look forward to working with the patients and the team of Western Sierra Medical Clinic for years to come.”